FARKAS, HOTT SPARK PIVOTAL RAMS’ WIN AT HOFSTRA

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Ten kills by junior Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) and seven blocks from senior Courtney Hott (Fredericksburg, Va.) helped spur Virginia Commonwealth University to a critical 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-22) win over Hofstra Friday at the Mack Physical Education Building.

The Rams entered Friday's match a half game ahead of the Pride for the sixth and final Colonial Athletic Association Tournament berth. Since the two teams do not meet again in the regular season, VCU owns what amounts to a two and a half game advantage with four league matches remaining. The Rams are 11-14 overall and 5-5 in CAA play. The Pride fall to 12-14 overall and 3-6 in league action.
 
VCU was clicking on all cylinders Friday, hitting .321 with six service aces. Farkas was particularly efficient with 10 kills on 20 swings. She hit .400 and added four blocks. Freshman setter Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) scored six kills on seven attempts while handing out 30 assists to direct the Rams' offense.
 
The Rams entered the match as the CAA's leading blocking team and didn't disappoint. VCU recorded 12.0 blocks as Hofstra hit just .138. In addition to Hott's seven rejections, Farkas, Aragao and junior Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) provided four blocks apiece.
 
Senior libero Amanda Friday (Springfield, Va.) was also a factor defensively for the Black and Gold, registering 12 of the Rams' 38 digs. Additionally, Friday served up three aces.
 
Nikki Kinnier led all players with 14 kills for the Pride, while teammate Kelsie Wills added 12. Setter Catalina Charry dished out 33 assists.
 
VCU's northern jaunt continues on Saturday, Oct. 29 when the Rams head to Boston, Mass., where they'll face Northeastern at 7 p.m. at Cabot Hall.
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